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HP F-500 Camcorder

455g CMOS Jul 2013
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15 Reasons For

Good Owner Reviews

Based on 8 owner reviews the average owner rating of this video camera is 88 out of 100.

Robust

One HP F-500 owner who reviewed it considered that it was strong and durable. One person who purchased the HP F-500 concluded that it was well made.

Good Product Quality

Some customers who reviewed this camcorder agreed that it was good quality. Onlinenotebook.com mentioned in their HP F-500 review “Decent Build Quality”.

Reasonably Priced

One HP F-500 owner who bought this camcorder thought it was a bargain for the price. Expert review site Notebookreview.com said in their review “Lets face it, if youre considering the Compaq F560us, either times are tough or youre cheap”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One HP F-500 reviewer who purchased it concluded that it had a good screen.

Nice Design

One customer who reviewed it concluded that it was good looking. Onlinenotebook.com mentioned in their review “Gorgeous Glossy Screen” .

Full HD

Full HD

The HP F-500 is Full HD, which is unusual. Most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the F-500 are not Full HD.

We compared all the other Full HD video cameras to this camcorder and we think the Sony HDR-CX730E[plb_363171_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The HP F-500 has an HDMI, unlike most of the other similar spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the F-500 which do not have an HDMI.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with an HDMI and we think the Sony HDR-CX730E[plb_363171_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Night Mode

The HP F-500 has a night mode, unlike most of the other camcorders of this spec and age which do not have a night mode.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras with a night mode currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-CX730E[plb_363171_price], or the Transcend DrivePro 200[plb_2962204_price].

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Lithium Battery Technology

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion battery technology, which is the most frequently found battery technology on similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HP F-500 has a built-in display. Most of the other camcorders that came out more than two years ago also have a built-in display.

There are a number of alternative camcorders with a built-in display currently available that you might also want to consider including the Sony HDR-CX730E[plb_363171_price] which has better reviews.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a cmos sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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Has One White Balance

The number of white balance modes found on the HP F-500 is more than most video cameras of this type and age. This camcorder has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on camcorders of this age and type.

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution(s)

This camcorder supports a still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080, which is the most frequently supported still image resolution(s) on camcorders that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Very Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the F-500 the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 1.8mm to 110mm. At only 2.95 millimeters, the HP F-500 has a fairly short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other camcorders that were released around the same time as the F-500.

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11 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

One HP F-500 owner said in their reviews that the HP F-500 was not noisy. Onlinenotebook.com said “Noisy and Shallow Keyboard”.

Very Short Battery Life (max)

The average battery life (max) of camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the F-500 is 1.9h. At only 0.16666666666667 hours, the HP F-500 has a fairly short battery life (max) compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the F-500.

Video cameras with a longer battery life (max) that might be worth looking at include the Sony FDR-X1000[plb_2962225_price] (0.5h and higher rated).

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The HP F-500 does not have an image stabilizer, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the F-500 also do not have an image stabilizer.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with an image stabilizer and we think the Sony HDR-CX730E[plb_363171_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago do not have an interchangeable lens. The HP F-500 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At only 2.95 millimeters, the HP F-500 has a fairly short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec. The maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of camcorders that were released more than two years ago range from 0.5mm to 900mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 150mm.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Number

Across all the similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the F-500 the maximum aperture numbers range from 1.8 to 22, and the average maximum aperture number is 5.2. The HP F-500 has a quite low maximum aperture number (only 1.9) compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the F-500.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the F-500, the HP F-500 is not waterproof.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other video cameras that were launched around the same time as the F-500, the HP F-500 is not 3D.

Camcorders which are 3D that might be worth looking at include the Sony HDR-TD20VE[plb_1505099_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most video cameras of this spec and age do not have a built-in projector. The HP F-500 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

We think you might also be interested in other camcorders which also have a built-in projector including the HDR-PJ420E[pl_1583936_price], or the HDR-PJ820[pl_2109593_price] both from Sony.

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Very Low Video Capturing Speed

The average video capturing speed of camcorders that came out around the same time as the F-500 is 50fps. At only 30 frames per second, the HP F-500 has a quite low video capturing speed compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the F-500.

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Fairly Big Closest Focusing Distance

At 1.5 meters, the HP F-500 has a fairly big closest focusing distance compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the F-500. The average closest focusing distance of camcorders of this type and age is 1.2m.

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2 Other reasons to consider the HP F-500

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when HP released the F-500.

Average Weight

At 455 grams, the HP F-500 has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the F-500.

Video cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth considering include the Sony HDR-PJ820[plb_2109593_price] (460g).

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Type
Lens System
Interchangeable Lens
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Maximum Aperture Number
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance
Display
Built-In Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Design
Colour of Product
Video
Full HD
Video Capturing Speed
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Still Image Resolution(s)
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
USB Connector Type
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Battery Type
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Other Features
Night Mode
Compatible Operating Systems
Lens Focal Range
Photo Mode
Interface
Aperture Range (F-F)
Windows Operating Systems Supported
USB Connectivity
Audio Recording Formats
Mac Operating Systems Supported
Other Features
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent) (photo Mode)
USB Port
HDMI Out
Dimensions (WxDxH)
USB 2.0 Connectors
Video Compression Formats
Projector
Built-In Projector
Technical Details
Dimensions (WxHxD)
Power Supply Type

Expert Reviews

13 January 2011

Compaq F500 case is made up of plastic. You won?t find the HP brand new Imprint Finish here so it is not really that pretty or shiny. However, the surface does a lot of fingerprints just like... Read more…

Price
Gorgeous Glossy Screen
Decent Build Quality
Good Sound Quality
Poor Performance as Configured
Minimal Port Options
Noisy and Shallow Keyboard
26 November 2007

Lets face it, if youre considering the Compaq F560us, either times are tough or youre cheap. I would place myself into the latter category. In either case youre probably going to have to make some...

User Reviews

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Reviewed 12 June 2015 by Bluelghts
Bluelghts would recommend the HP F500 (Verified Purchase)

I have been using the camera for a few weeks and it is still working fine. It seems to be a good buy. It takes good video. It does record over itself if you let it run to long without downloading... Read more…

Easy to Use
Great Picture Quality
Good Image Stabilization
Good in Low Light
Great Sound
Fair in Low Light
Short Time Battery
Mount Is A Little Tricky
Reviewed 9 October 2015 by PRC
PRC would recommend the HP F500 (Verified Purchase)

I work 40 miles from my house in Houston. I bought this cam for protecting me from the crazy drivers. I already had a couple of incidents . A lady cut me off and I nearly ran in to the side of... Read more…

Reviewed 2 September 2015 by POWSR
POWSR would recommend the HP F500 (Verified Purchase)

Was easy to order from B&H. Delivered fast and installed without a hitch. Takes reasonable quality video. Only thing I didn't like was the mount that now slides into the camera body instead of... Read more…

Reviewed 12 August 2015 by Dean K.

Got this as a gift from a friend, because he knows I love to take lots of trips. Definitely love the high quality videos of all the places I drive to! Like Yosemite! it keeps a fresh view and... Read more…

Reviewed 6 August 2015 by DigiDog
DigiDog would recommend the HP F500

I like this camera a lot. Had no issues in playbacks and was able to load it onto my computer and load it up on youtube. Didn't break my bank either. Highly recommended...

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hp 18996, hp 72168
Barcodes 04711148721684

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